Archive for December, 2010

News Round-Up In Brief

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

A final news round up before we head into 2011. Happy New Year to all of our readers!

News from the US:

  • A NY Times editorial urges President Obama and his administration to continue to pursue meaningful immigration policy, even thought the Dream Act was defeated in the recent lame-duck session of Congress.

Benefits vs. Ethics? Re-Assessing Healthcare Access for the Undocumented in France – Stéphanie Larchanché

December 8, 2010 1 comment

Stéphanie Larchanché
IRIS-EHESS and Centre Françoise Minkowska, Paris

In March 2010, the French National Assembly voted to further limit healthcare access to the undocumented. Since 2001, State Medical Aid (AME) has provided undocumented immigrants living in France with free healthcare coverage. To be eligible for AME, one must provide proof of residence in France for a minimum of three months and evidence of limited monthly income (below 634 euros). Soon after this arrangement was created, however, additional restrictions were added as requirements for access to AME including presentation of a valid government-issued ID, presentation of a housing certificate – which can only be received via specific state-mandated social services – and a mandatory minimum service fee for health services. On March 2nd, 2010, following discussions on budget restrictions, center-right Assembly representative Dominique Tian proposed still more limitations on AME, including the addition of a 30 euro application fee and additional restrictions on covered healthcare services. According to Tian, «If one is willing to pay several thousands of euros to come to France, I doubt that a 30 euro application fee will prevent one from accessing care.»

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News Round Up In-Brief

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

The Migration Policy Institute has compiled a list of the Top 10 Migration Issues of 2010.  Which topics made your list?

News from the US:

  • Fair trade is finally coming to the tomato fields of Florida, where a campaign organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has won a remarkable victory in a 15-year struggle for better pay and working conditions. The agreement guarantees a modest penny more per pound of tomatoes picked.

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